BLOG Think Tank COMIC REVIEW
Think Tank is a very odd, very good comic series. It follows Dr David Loren, a prodigy who was whipped away to a secret DARPA lab aged 15 to help create devices to spy on, assassinate and generally control the world. Now an adult, David’s decided that he wants a career change. A prisoner in his own lab, David and his best friend begin an elaborate plan to escape, using the very devices they’ve built and which are now used to spy on them…
Think Iron Man without the armour but at least as much snark. Think about One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with a genius weapons designer instead of Jack Nicholson. It’s brilliant fun, and the original four issue run has been extended to at least 20. Now, co-creator Matt Hawkins has written an open letter on behalf of himself and Rahsan Ekedal, fellow creator and artist, about the book. Here’s an excerpt:
“I’ve been very straight up with everyone about this book, we’ll keep doing it if it finds a large enough audience to sustain it. We’ve committed through issue 20 at this point, which is 16 more than I thought we’d get to, but we’d both like to do the book for a long, long time.
“Why am I writing this now? Because this week the second trade paperback of Think Tank is in stores along with the second printing of the first one. I’m not too proud to ask for your help.”
Matt’s made the first issue available entirely free, and as pilots go it’s a doozy. The letter also goes into detail about what readers, retailers and journalists can do to help raise its profile and it’s definitely worth reading. After all, this is a comic writer directly addressing his audience, asking them for help and taking no money whatsoever for it. That’s both pretty rare and pretty classy, much like the book.
If you like it, and I think you will, it’s one of the best books Image put out, then you’ll want to get caught up. If your store doesn’t have the first two trade paperback collections in stock, just give them these codes and they’ll order them for you:
Volume 1: OCT120494
Volume 2: APR130479
Both books are £10.99 and great fun, especially if you like brilliant, frustrated geniuses pushing back against The Man, elaborately creative technological death machines and humour. And hey, who doesn’t? So check out the first issue and then, if you like it, pick up the trades. This think tank has plenty of mileage in it yet.
• Matt Hawkin’s open letter
• Free download of issue one